A Bend in the Road

Book 21 in 2017. ” A Bend in the Road”,

by Nicholas Sparks.


Oh Nicholas Sparks.  You can always count on him for a love story with twists and turns.  Are they going to get together?  Is someone going to die?  Every once in a while I will pick one up and go for it.  This was classic heartbroken boy, meets heartbroken girl, love can conquer all.

Deputy Miles Ryan’s wife was tragically killed in a hit and run accident.  He and his son Jonah are trying to find their way through life together.  Jonah’s teacher Sarah Andrews, finds how far behind Jonah has become in school when he enters the second grade.  She sets up a meeting with Miles, and a new relationship begins.  But will their pasts get in the way of their future?

I have to admit I am a fan of Nicholas Sparks.  I cannot do it a lot, but they are an easy read.  So if you are not a fan, you probably wouldn’t like this story either.  There are plenty of “bends in their roads”.  (I know, that was bad.) My overall afterthought,  a stressful love story.

The Stranger in the Woods

Book 20 in 2017. “The Stranger in the Woods” by Michael Finkel

I could not put this book down. People are so interesting to me. Like my mind was blown.  I had never heard of Christopher Knight before I read this, he was in the news and some magazines a few years back.  This is the extended true story of who he was.

We all think that we are “normal”, and others are the “weird” ones.  Christopher Knight did not like being around other people.  When he was 20 years old he went to the woods and stayed there for 27 years.  Michael Finkel was intrigued by his story and wanted to know more about the hermit in the woods.

I could go all day about this book.  If you read it let me know what you think.  I would love to pick someone’s brain about it.  I had a ton of different emotions hearing how he lived, and what he did to survive.  It is a super quick read, Michael Finkel is a great writer.  Overall afterthought, good stuff right here.


Lock In

Book 19 in 2017. “Lock In” by John Scalzi


Well, every once in a while I try to read a new genre.  I cannot think of too many science fiction books I have read.  There has to be something along the way, it is just not coming to me.  This book  I pulled off a list of books to check out from the library.

It takes place in the “near future”, and is about humans who have been debilitated by a virus and can no longer use their bodies.  To compensate for the millions of people “locked in”, companies have created robots for them to use instead.  One said person is FBI agent Chris Shane, and he starts his career on the FBI with a series of unusual murders connected to this new way to live.

Whew.  Lots of science fiction. Ha! I think maybe it is just not my genre.  Lots of talk of the science behind how the brain works.  Neural transmissions, cyber worlds, computers, blah. I thought the story was good, I definitely wanted to know what was going to happen.  I might even consider reading something else of John Scalzi’s. I could not get into all of it, and there was a lot of language.  Overall afterthought, too sciencey.

The Magician’s Lie

Book 18 in 2017. “The Magician’s Lie”

by Greer Macallister




I have not read too many books about magician’s. This is only my second actually.  The first was “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern, which I absolutely loved.  It is one of the very few books I have read twice.  If you have not read that one yet , check it out.  It is a fun magical read.

“The Magician’s Lie” , takes place at the turn of the century in the begging of 1900.  Ada Bates left her home at a the young age of 14 searching for safety from a creepy, sadistic step cousin Ray, who would not leave her alone because he believed he had magic that could heal injured things. Through a long journey and learning to fend for herself, Ada ends up traveling with the famous lady magician, Adelaid Herrmann.  She finds herself loving illusions and eventually takes over the traveling show.  She believes she has  successfully started a new life, full of a satisfying career, new family, and love.  Illusions are her life, but her safe life may be an illusion.

This was definitely a little bit of a dark story.  It was not lighthearted.  There was also a ton of explanation of magic illusion tricks, which, personally I didn’t need all the detail. Ha! However, it was very clean from language, and raunchy scenes , which I always enjoy.  The story moved well, I needed to know how it would end!  I wanted to just tell Ada what she should do, just tell the truth, ah!!  Overall afterthought, a good story.

in a dark, dark wood

Book 17 in 2017.  “in a dark, dark wood” by ruth ware


I was looking for a fast passed psychological thriller that would keep me going.  I read “The Woman in Cabin 10” a little bit ago and loved it.  I wanted to check out more of Ruth Ware.  She has only written three books.  This was her first, then her next one comes out in July.  Unfortunately I was really disappointed with this one.

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The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

Book 16 in 2017.  “The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living” by Louise Miller


Whew.  I feel like I have not had a light a fluffy story in a while!  This book was just what I needed.  I believe it is Louise Miller’s first novel.  She kind of reminded me a little bit of Mary Kay Andrews.  I found it on the new release shelf at the library.

Olivia Rawlings is a pastry chef who has recently moved from the big city Boston, to small town USA in Guthrie, Vermont.  She is trying to figure out where her place is in the world. While working at the Sugar Maple Inn, she is discovering the best and worst about herself and others.   When she meets mysterious Martin McCrackin she thinks it will finally be her chance at love.

Super cute story.  Great characters.  Easy to read.  There is one love scene in there, that got a little detailed.  But for the most part super clean, and entertaining.  I wanted more when I was done! Overall afterthought, fun fluffy read.